New head of Hillsborough disaster police probe appointed

A scene from the Hillsborough disaster
A scene from the Hillsborough disaster
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A new head of the ongoing police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster has been appointed.

Former Avon and Somerset Police deputy chief constable Rob Beckley will replace Jon Stoddart to lead Operation Resolve, which is examining the circumstances surrounding the planning and preparation for an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough football stadium in 1989, which led to the deaths of 96 fans after they were crushed on the terraces.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced Mr Beckley as the new head of the police probe following an announcement in September that Mr Stoddart was standing down on health grounds.

Operation Resolve was established in December 2012.